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Cycle of domestic abuse continues

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October has been filled to the brim with events in the city of Ruston. We have had multiple breast cancer awareness walks, fundraisers and the pumpkin patch at the Townsend House to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. At 6 p.m. tonight DART will be having their annual candlelight vigil at the Lincoln Parish Library to end the month.

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High schoolers invited to have AHEC of a Summer

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High school students interested in learning about health careers can gain hands-on experience through national award winning AHEC of a Summer program. The program is offered in 21 parishes in North Louisiana and sponsored by the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Students who participate will volunteer at a local health-care facility and rotate through different areas during the 15-day program. Students also participate in workshops provided by area medical organizations and take field trips to other health care facilities and universities in North Louisiana.

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Hillcrest: Rewarding Dough Raiser

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Hillcrest students participated in a cookie dough fundraiser and sold $24,764. Pictured are the second-grade students who sold 16 items or more to earn a limo ride and a pizza party. Pictured are Kyle Caston, Jayden Revels, Lainey Mercer, Koy Tolar, Abagael Barmore, Kadence Nugent, Jonah Dumas, Conner Gilbert, Journee Jones, Austin Guillory, Addison Barham, Bethany Colvin, Preslea St. Andre, Connor Thompson and Azjaha Johnson.

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A.E. Phillips achieves one of the highest SPS in state

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A.E. Phillips Laboratory School at Louisiana Tech University achieved a School Performance Score (SPS) of 126.3 out of 150 to earn an “A” grade from the Louisiana Department of Education as part of its 2013 accountability assessment of the state’s publicly-funded schools.
A.E. Phillips’ SPS of 126.3 was the highest of any school in North Central Louisiana and one of the highest in the state of Louisiana. Scores are based on student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success, such as credit accumulation, completion of rigorous courses and graduation.

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CES: Third grade explores local foods, 4-H celebrates club

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October has been a busy month for us in Choudrant. We have been reading books about Christopher Columbus and made a paper ship that represented the one he sailed on.

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New Beginnings offers new vision for health care

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Lucy Douglas has very specific vision for health care. It’s personalized, original and joins traditional family practice with nutrition and spa services.
Douglas, a nurse practitioner, is founder and owner of New Beginnings Wellness Center and Spa, located at 1809 Northpointe Lane, Suite 202, in Ruston.
“The reason I opened New Beginnings is that I want to offer comprehensive, patient-centered, individualized health care,” Douglas said.

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Ruston Florist is the newest department store

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Ruston Florist and Boutique, owned by Dennis and Debbie Allen, has been in their new location for a year now.
Ruston Florist and Boutique is ruston’s newest Department store.
“It was a time for a change and the customers were asking for more and more,” said Debbie Allen.
And the customers are loving it.
“We had a customer stop by and she was from Birmingham, Ala. She commented, that there was nothing to compare this shop to in Birmingham. Absolutely breath-taking,” Allen said.

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Tech soccer falls

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With a berth in the Conference USA Tournament on the line, Louisiana Tech fell short of a postseason bid as the Lady Techsters dropped a 3-0 decision to Rice on a rainy Wednesday evening at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex in Ruston.
The disappointing end dropped Tech to 9-10-1 overall with a 4-6-0 mark in the program’s first year in Conference USA. Rice (7-7-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) clinches a spot in the league tournament that the Owls will host beginning next week.

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NCAA rules GSU-JSU game ‘no contest’

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The NCAA is recognizing the canceled game between Grambling State and Jackson State on Oct. 19 as a no contest, not with a win and a loss.
Grambling State’s players refused to travel to the game during a six-day player walkout. The Southwestern Athletic Conference then declared the game a forfeit.
The SWAC is allowed to give Jackson State a win and Grambling State a loss in its conference standings, but it can’t count the game toward the teams’ overall records.
The NCAA recognizes Jackson State as 6-2 overall and Grambling State as 0-8 overall.

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Dunkin’ Dogs net exhibition victory

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Louisiana Tech had four players score in double figures to go along with Michale Kyser’s seven blocks, as the Bulldogs took down Arkansas-Monticello 85-64 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game played in Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym.
The Bulldogs used an 11-3 run to pull away from the Boll Weevils midway through the first half, as Tech led 43-28 at the break and never looked back. Arkansas-Monticello cut the Bulldog lead to eight early on in the second half, but a 13-4 run increased the lead to 27 for Louisiana Tech.

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